Defence Medal 1939-1945

The Defence Medal was awarded for service in the forces in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closey threatened for at least three years service in Great Britain until 8th May 1945 or one year in territories overseas until 2 September 1945. In the case of mine and bomb disposal units the time qualification was three months and Canadians serving for one year in Newfoundland were eligible and persons serving for six months in Hong Kong were also eligible. Service in West Africa, Palestine and India, other than operational air crew, qualified also for this award. Those awarded the George Cross or the George Medal for civil defence received this award and the Home Guard also qualified for this award.

Owing to the terms of reference it was not unusual to find a person with this award who had never heard a shot fired, but a person with only the Defence Medal, for example, whilst serving in the rescue services in London earned also this award and only the man who wears this award knows why it was earned.

The award has the coinage head of King George VI on the obverse. The reverse shows the Royal Crown resting above a small oak tree and flanked by two heraldic lions. The dates 1939 and 1945 appear in the top left and right respectively on the reverse, whilst beneath are the words THE DEFENCE MEDAL. The Medal is made of a Cupro-Nickel combination. The Canadian versions however, were made of ".800 fine" silver.

The light green ribbon is 1.25 inches wide with a central stripe of orange, which is 0.5 inches wide, and a narrow black stripe in the middle of each green stripe. The orange (flame colour) represents the enemy attacks on the green land of England and the black stripes represents the black-outs.

Adair, Hugh* August 24th, 1923
† October 27th, 2013

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Vale, Herbert Henry* April 10th, 1892
† December 1973

Vale, William "Cherry"* June 3rd, 1914
† November 29th, 1981

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Van den Bok, Ralph* 1907
† January 1st, 1973

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Van der Kiste, Robert Edgar "Guy"* July 20th, 1912
† September 29th, 1999

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Vasey, George Alan "Bloody George"* March 29th, 1895
† March 5th, 1945
Plot: A Row: D Grave: 16

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Vaughan, Islwyn* July 9th, 1920
† September 19th, 1989

Verity, Hugh Beresford* April 6th, 1918
† November 14th, 2001

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Vernon, Sydney Morton* December 24th, 1916
† January 24th, 1975

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Victor, Jacobus Adriaan "Koos"* August 24th, 1923
† May 6th, 1968

Vincent, Stanley Flamank* April 7th, 1897
† March 13th, 1976

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Vries, de, Willem* February 28th, 1923
† November 10th, 1985

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Vybiral, Tomas* September 29th, 1911
† February 21st, 1981

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